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Relocating tips from someone going through it (part 1)

So you're thinking about relocating out of state but don't know where to start? Don't worry, we've been there and we're going through it right now. Here are some of our tips to help get you started.


Write a list of important things you need to get done:

1. Talk to employer to see if working remotely is an option for you. If not, you will need to find a new job which is going to be a BIG part of this journey.

2. Start looking at properties where you'd like to move to get an idea of cost of housing with property costs (this includes taxes).

3. Create a pros and cons list of moving. (For us, leaving our family was the hardest factor.)

4. Start researching school districts (if applicable), drive times to certain places, and looking at the stores that you shop at to see how far away they are. What about doctors, dentists, etc? Take all this into consideration.

5. Talk to your local real estate professional about any concerns and ask any pressing questions you might have. They will also be able to refer you to a real estate agent in the area where you're looking to move.

6. Start thinking about your budget and pay off as much debt as possible. Moving out of state is more expensive than a local move so be sure to put money aside if you can.

7. Get your house ready to list on the market. This means purging, putting things into storage, getting the entire family ready for a temporary change in the way you live and getting out of your comfort zone.

8. Look into the unknowns you don't encounter at your current home. New type of insurance needed? Are you moving where flood insurance is necessary? How much will that cost? Etc. Hurricanes? Earthquakes? Are you ready for all those factors?

9. Repeat after me... Be. Flexible. Showings, open houses and such are going to happen. Being able to quickly clean and get out of your house is going to be something that is inconvenient, but necessary. Know that you will likely have to sell your current home before you even think about looking at homes in the next place. This also means you might have to look into short term rentals while you're between homes. This is a great time to remember your Realtor is on your side! Lean on them for support.

10. Stay calm. Easier said than done, but this is all short term. The stress that comes with selling your home will pay off once you're settled where you want to be!

Our story

We live in the suburbs of Chicago and we are looking to move out of state to the east coast. Somewhere where we try to vacation annually and that we love. Where the way of living is different and "island time" is definitely something we could get to use to for a better quality of life. We are still in the early stages of our relocation, but will continue to update throughout our process for those of you looking to do the same thing. It's easy to go on Google and see what the average costs of things are and how unrealistic it is if you're a family with one full time income and one part time income and too many dogs. I will try to keep things as realistic and open as possible so those who have questions can see what an average family does.


Currently, we live in a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom split-level home on a busy road. We are looking at homes with a minimum of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a bonus room for an office (or 5th bedroom) all within our same Chicagoland budget. My husband works full time in the city right now and I work part time from home. When we move, my husband will work remotely from home for the same company (lucky, we know) and I will continue to work from home part time. We have two kids and way too many dogs. We want to make sure everyone is getting what they want which also includes a yard big enough to stretch their legs.

Follow us on our journey and see the snags, the reality and the pages turn right in front of you. :)

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